February 21, 2012

Pursuing Economic Excellence

Parts for Carts, a subsidiary of Amigo Mobility, recently received an Economic Excellence Award from Saginaw Future. The award is given to companies in the Great Lakes Bay Region who invest in the area and help to create jobs. 

Amigo Mobility Founder Al Thieme and Parts for Carts General Manager Vernon Curtis

Amigo Mobility Chairman and Founder Al Thieme developed the idea of buying used electric shopping carts and refurbishing the parts in 2009. Shortly after, Parts for Carts was born. 

“Instead of tossing used electric shopping carts into landfills, we thought taking them apart, refurbishing the usable parts and selling them to service providers at a fraction of the cost would be better for the environment,” Thieme said.

As the general manager of Parts for Carts, Vernon Curtis employs four associates who test equipment, fill orders and track inventory. Curtis said, “I immediately knew this was an exciting opportunity. Not only are we practicing environmental awareness, but we also provide needed assistance to help businesses grow in the slumping economy.” 

Congratulations to Parts for Carts on this accomplishment!

February 17, 2012

The Secret to a Long Life

English war veteran Stan Clapham recently celebrated his 100th birthday, and credits not worrying and his mobility scooter as his secrets to a long and happy life. His daughter-in-law said “I think his secret is a mixture of things, including not worrying about tomorrow; it’s more thinking about what he is having for tea."

Stan's mobility scooter has allowed him to remain independent, as he lives on his own and continues to shop for himself when the weather is nice. It's great to hear such a wonderful story, happy birthday Stan!

Visit www.thestar.co.uk to read more about Stan.

February 13, 2012

AbilityPLUS & Kids of Courage Accessible Ski Trip 2012

It's a snowy day here in Michigan, and a great day to share this video of children with disabilities enjoying the snow! In the video clip below, two wonderful organizations, Kids of Courage and AbilityPLUS, join forces to provide a day of adaptive skiing at Mt. Snow in Vermont. 

More than 50 children were able to participate in this day of fun, and many of them had never skied before. For more information on adaptive skiing, visit the Disabled World Towards Tomorrow website.

Have you ever gone adaptive skiing? Let us know how it went in the comment box below!

Learn more about accessible winter sports and travel at myamigo.com

February 8, 2012

Take the VOW to Support Our Veterans

At Amigo Mobility, veterans' issues have a very special place in our hearts. The men and women who fight for our freedom often have many challenges to face even after they return home, and an organization in Amigo's hometown is here to help.

Patti Katter started the non-profit organization Voice of Warriors (VOW) in February of 2011. VOW is a community of veterans, their friends and family members and patriotic American citizens who hope to bring awareness to veterans' stories and issues.

Click here to read more about Patti and Voice of Warriors.

February 5, 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow Visits Amigo Mobility

From left: Jennifer Thieme Kehres, Senator Debbie Stabenow,
Beth, Al & Jordan Thieme.
Amigo Mobility's appearance on the Stossel Show has helped us gain the attention of Michigan government officials! On January 12, Senator Debbie Stabenow and her team visited our business and manufacturing plant in Bridgeport, Mich. to learn more about Medicare waste in the mobility industry. Senator Stabenow was able to tour our facility and see a demonstration on the differences between power-operated vehicles (POV)/scooters and power wheelchairs. If you would like to share your experiences with POV/scooters or power wheelchairs with Senator Stabenow, please visit her website.

February 3, 2012

Amigo Mobility's Stossel Show Appearance

Watch Amigo Mobility's December 2011 appearance on Fox Business' the Stossel Show below! Click on the arrow below to view the Amigo segment featuring Jennifer Thieme Kehres.

Visit myamigo.com for more information on how we're working to reduce Medicare Waste.

Click here to read Medicare-funded power wheelchairs create headache for Amigo Mobility, featured in The Saginaw News August 2011.

To help us advocate for your choice in mobility, please contact Jennifer at jtkehres@myamigo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989-777-0910 to share your support or your experience with mobility scooters or power wheelchairs.

A Fun Friday Amigo Spotting!

One of our Amigo employees, Dorothy, recently spotted a very pregnant Tori Spelling riding an Amigo on her reality show Tori & Dean Home Sweet Hollywood.

Tori is shown driving an Amigo SmartShopper while shopping at a craft store with her friend James. We're glad the Amigo could give your tired feet a rest, Tori!

February 1, 2012

Chase Away the Winter Blahs with Vitamin D!

Have those of you that live in the northern states noticed that you sometimes feel particularly sluggish during the winter? This could be caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D, which we normally get from the sun. It is estimated that 85% of the American public, and 95% of senior citizens, are Vitamin D deficient. 

Dr. Dan Kehres, nutritional expert, adds "It has been shown that many people with multiple sclerosis are deficient in Vitamin D. Consider having your vitamin D level monitored by a trained professional."

This doesn't mean you have to sit in your yard and freeze to get your daily dose! While it is important to spend time outdoors as much as possible, you can also get your recommended dose of Vitamin D from a supplement. 

Even if you live in a sunny environment, optimizing your Vitamin D levels is one of the most powerful things you can do naturally to protect your health and boost your immune system. Most people need between 2,000 IU to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D a day to achieve beneficial levels. However, the average American only gets approximately 300 IU a day from their diet -- which is why deficiency and disease linked to low Vitamin D levels is so prevalent. 

For more health tips like this one, visit www.drkehres.com
For more nutritional tips for those living with MS, read this article by Amigo owner Vicki Bridges.